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The new VIP Altitude Tower at Krystal Grand Punta Cancun
The new VIP Altitude Tower at Krystal Grand Punta Cancun

Live Like a Royal
There are two Occidental properties that the hip set will love—the Occidental at Xcaret Destination and the Occidental Cozumel, both featuring Royal Level Luxury Rooms that are the top pick for clients who yearn for nothing but the best. At the Xcaret property, these “royal” rooms come with private swimming pools, wraparound balconies and views of the tropical gardens, as well as access to the Royal Level Balinese beds located right off the sea, with personalized drink service. To get a taste of the local culture, opt for the Unlimited Xcaret Experience package, which includes a bottle of tequila and grants access to the Xcaret Park, where visitors can explore the remains of a Mayan village, snorkel through ancient caves or observe native animals in their natural habitat. The hacienda-style Cozumel property—located a 45-minute ferry ride from Playa del Carmen—is made for fitness enthusiasts with two tennis courts, and an onsite watersports facility with kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling. And it’s here where guests will want to dive in for a nighttime diving experience—the resort is located near Palacar Reef, one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world and home to a bioluminescent marine life that can’t be seen during the day. barcelo.com/en-us

It’s spa time at the barefoot elegant Occidental Cozumel
It’s spa time at the barefoot elegant Occidental Cozumel

A VIP Tower
The Krystal Grand Punta Cancun recently debuted its VIP Altitude Tower, a new, private, 100-suite luxury enclave that’s adjacent to the hotel and which, says Constanza Pintos, sales director, Krystal Grand Punta Cancun, offers “Millennials a VIP space that highlights privacy, sleek design and environments that don’t compete with the stunning views of Punta Cancun but still offer backdrops for guests to share on social media. At the Altitude Tower, we focus on the micro details and intimate spaces that promote wellbeing and exclusive amenities available to Altitude-guests only like complimentary tequila and wine tastings, in-door bar, afternoon cocktails and appetizers, adults-only pool and preferred reservations at the hotel’s restaurants.” The accommodations are spacious at 549 sq. ft. (Altitude rooms) and 678 sq. ft. (Altitude Releve rooms), and full of fun indulges such as a pillow menu, a sleeping kit, and L’Occitane toiletries. Or, up the ante and recommend one of the four luxury suites, featuring large terraces with outdoor jacuzzis, luggage unpacking and folding services, and up to $350 in spa credit. The adults-only pool comes with fab Bali beds, and there’s even a Chef’s Table so culinary aficionados will get their fix.
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Living Wall at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.
Living Wall at Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort.

Living Wall
At the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, with newly renovated rooms, the eforea Spa features 11 treatment rooms and a Living Wall where guests can customize their relaxation journey with a spa treatment using natural herbs from the wall. The vertical garden includes rosemary, cactus, aloe vera, mint, lavender, and oregano, among other herbs. These can be used in native Mexican rituals, or in any of the array of treatments on offer. Best accommodation choice for clients who like to indulge? La Vista Club, a collection of 65 guestrooms on the top floors of the resort. Guests receive a personalized check-in with welcome tequila, turndown service with an aromatherapy menu, and an exclusive pool area with butler service, among other luxuries (rates start at $460). hiltonloscabos.com

Every Whim Catered To
Le Blanc Spa Resort, with a property in Cancun and a new one in Los Cabos, sets the bar high when it comes to spa and fitness offerings. It’s at these two properties where clients can choose from a range of trendy fitness regimens, including TRX or aqua spinning (with yoga definitely thrown in) or they can simply relax while getting pampered in a VIP treatment suite within BlancSpa—think an exotic Ha Xiu oxygen facial. “The trends on wellness and health have become part of the Millennial lifestyle,” says Frank Corzo, v.p. of U.S. Field Sales for Palace Resorts. “They follow it, practice it and preach it. At Le Blanc Spa Resort, wellness is a major part of the continuous upgrades. From aqua spinning to yoga, TRX training, to our incredible spa, Le Blanc Spa Resort takes wellness travel very seriously.” leblancsparesorts.com

Chic Puebla Retreat
Located in the heart of Puebla, one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities, the 78-room and -suite Cartesiano hotel is ideal for clients who want to immerse themselves in the country’s culture and call a XVI colonial house home. There are touches of Mexican art and architectural features throughout, a rooftop pool and deck, a bar and lounge, and a library. The 4-room Spa at Cartesiano features unique wellbeing rituals and transformative treatments such as Northern Alignment Ritual and City of Angels Purifying Treatment (the name is an homage to Puebla’s nickname). The hotel’s name, by the way, translates to “compass,” a nod to the hotel’s location, describing how it connects guests with the city’s diverse culture and its rich history. Rates start at $300 per night. hotelcartesiano.com